Fine Art | Part-time BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0001-5C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2022 Duration: 5 years

Why this course?

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This is the part-time version of the BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art

  • Full-time course length: 3 years
  • Part-time (2 days per week) course length: 5 years

This course provides a stimulating creative environment where students can develop their own studio practice as professional artists.

Key features

  • Supportive, challenging, creative environment
  • Staff are practising artists
  • Good progression to employment
  • Excellent studios and facilities such as printmaking, life room, 3D crafts workshop, ceramics studio and darkrooms
  • On-site and public exhibiting opportunities

The work of Fine Art student Kat Swan has been chosen to be featured in this year's online blog version of the annual Kellie Miller Arts Awards.

Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)

This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.

See the full list of our creative arts degrees

Course requirements

Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:

  • a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma

In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • related academic or work experience
  • the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview

You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course.

Entry guide

Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).

During the first part of the course, students explore the range of specialist areas through practical workshops and inductions. For the rest of the course, students may specialise in painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, or use a range of approaches to fine art without specialising in one area. 

The course includes workshops, crits and seminars, where students of all specialist areas meet to discuss their work and exchange ideas.

Through talks, discussions, gallery visits and their own research, students develop an awareness of the historical and contemporary context of fine art and the ability to critically evaluate their work and that of their contemporaries.

Throughout the course, students develop their professional practice as artists and have exhibitions both in college and in public spaces, as well as taking part in other external projects.

Course units

  • Introducing fine art
  • Developing visual research
  • Theory and practice
  • Fine art opportunities
  • Thematic project
  • Exploratory and interdisciplinary practice
  • Critical perspectives
  • Confirmatory project
  • Potential prospects
  • Minor project
  • Major project and degree show
  • Analytical investigation
  • Self promotion

Contact time and study hours

This part-time degree programme is taught over 5 years. You can expect to have around 2 days of timetabled teaching contact per week. You will have approximately 40 hours of timetabled teaching contact for each 20 credit module. This is supported by independent self-guided study.

Teaching and assessment methods

We use a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • practical and creative studio-based workshops
  • discussions
  • lectures/seminars
  • tutorials
  • small group study
  • self-directed study
  • study trips

Assessment methods vary between units but could include:

  • presentations (of practical work)
  • journals
  • research proposal
  • sketchbooks/drawings
  • written assignments

Potential careers

  • Practising fine artist
  • Gallery or museum curator or arts administrator
  • Teacher training
  • Community artist
  • MA fine art student
  • Photographer, video or website producer


Some of our alumni stories

Fine Art alumna Claire Phillips has made her name as a portrait artist with reviews in the national press. Claire achieved acclaim for her portraits of American death-row inmates who were claiming miscarriage of justice, and she later travelled to India to capture the faces of child labour.

Alumna Genevieve Reed-Allen won first prize in the Oxmarket Stride Open Art competition.

Graduate Lauren McGregor won first prize in the Kellie Miller Arts Awards and exhibited at the Kellie Miller Arts gallery.

Potential careers

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Fees and financial support

There are different options to cover the cost of your course, including government loans and bursaries (eligibility criteria applies).

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How is this course delivered?

We have made some changes to the way our courses are taught to keep everyone safe. We will ensure that our students remain connected and involved with their course and college life.

During this academic year, students have a blend of college-based and digitally-enabled remote learning that provides lots of opportunities to interact and engage with lecturers, support teams and other students.

We will continue to respond to Government advice as we plan our curriculum delivery and will regularly update our current students and applicants in respect of course changes and opportunities.

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